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Under the Counter

Describing an illegal payment for a good or service. An under the counter payment often involves paying more than a good's value as a form of bribery.
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Titillating subject matter and recognizable cast may drive eventual DVD curiosity, but won't help this under-the-counter offering's theatrical prospects.
The Division offers systems ranging from large, high-volume water and ice dispensers and under-the-counter systems, to countertop models and smaller, low-volume, water and ice dispensers.
BIG DEBATE: An open display of cigarettes that can be seen by the customer, top, and, below, under-the-counter cigarettes - these from Poland
A range of Norlake laboratory refrigerators, freezers and environmental chambers are available from Tovatech in under-the-counter sizes to triple-door standing models.
David liked working there--not for the under-the-counter two-pounds-an-hour, or the satisfying foot-ache after a night on the restaurant floor; or even the free dinners and after-hours drinking led by Seamus, the mercurial proprietor.
Are we heading for an under-the-counter, counter-culture where people secretly compile dossiers on work mates and use third parties to represent them with accusations of abuse?
Prince Khaled Al-Faisal said recently that the government departments would intensify their efforts to prevent the illegal, under-the-counter sale of dangerous pesticides.
Gas grilles and island counters with under-the-counter refrigerators allow for full preparation of outdoor meals and private parties.
Under-the-counter practices may encourage rogue retailers to trade in counterfeit tobacco.
But you still didn't have to delve too deeply between the lines to appreciate that we're back in the murky eddies of bungs, sweeteners and kickbacks, those under-the-counter negotiations that allegedly cut players, managers and agents an extra tax-free slice of the transfer pie.
And they used it until recently, when Hobart replaced the classic with a modern, under-the-counter model that washes trays of dishes in seconds.
But at the exact moment when soft-core erotica was evolving from under-the-counter specialty item to news-rack staple, Page was willing to show more than any woman prettier than her, and prettier than any woman who was willing to show more.